Talking about the physical sort. I have been very ill for almost a week now and am struggling with constant pain in one ear. During the day, and while in an upright position it's nearly tolerable, but in a prone position it's excruciating. That's the biggest problem - no sleep. I mean none. I went so far as to go to the doctor and get hooked up with some vicodin, but no dice, it didn't eliminate (or even really diminish all that much) the pain (plus it makes me loopy). It amazes me how one seemingly small fact of life can seem to take hold of everything.
I'm throwing out a general call for suggestions. So far one friend has suggested super hot showers/baths and booze and I'm going to immerse myself in that lifestyle presently and another suggested holding a hot onion over the ear, but I still remain open to other ideas too.
More generally, has anyone else experienced excruciating pain for extended periods of time? I know in the big picture my problems today are relatively small and others live with Pain as a way of life. I wonder if one's pain tolerance gradually increases the longer and more often they experience it?